Consultations have commenced in earnest, now that we have more precise details about what EDF would like to do. Besides the chance to grill this Saturday at Danesfield school with EDF, another round of Community Support meetings are being held throughout West Somerset, with ours in St Peter's School again on the 27th of July.
I have pasted the list of meetings, and some links that Guy Braga reckons you take a look at.
In the meantime, we now know where EDF would like to place the Park and Ride in Williton - the next field along from Mamsey House on the A39. It is designed to minimise the number of people coming from the Minehead area to work at Hinkley Point, by putting them on buses before they reach Williton. I believe that could be a big mistake. There are likely to be far more coming from Taunton, as they try to reach Hinkley Point avoiding the gridlock that is Bridgwater is going to become for the next 10 years or so. That means, as I mentioned previously, both cars and the buses to replace them driving past Bellamy's Corner.
Here's the Community Support email.
Open community support meetings to discuss proposed new Hinkley Power Station associated development
Sedgemoor District Council and West Somerset Council are giving support to communities to understand EDF’s second stage proposals for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. EDF has already consulted communities in the spring about their initial proposals for developments of worker accommodation, freight handling and transport routes associated with the site. Sedgemoor and West Somerset Councils helped generate responses to these proposals from a broad range of community stakeholders.
Community Support meetings to help communities interpret and discuss EDF’s now revised ‘Second Stage’ proposals will be organised in July and August by Sedgemoor District Council and West Somerset Council. These events will take place in community halls of key parishes to be affected by the proposed building of a new power station. The Community Support meetings are open to all to drop in any time between 6pm and 8pm on the dates highlighted below. You will be offered the opportunity to discuss with others in the community how the EDF proposals may affect your parish areas. Technical specialists working with the Councils will be available to give advice and listen to your views.
Dates of Community Support Meetings:
27th July – Williton, St.Peter’s CE Primary School, Doniford Road, TA4 4SF
3rd Aug – Stogursey, Stogursey Victory Hall TA5 1PR.
5th Aug – Cannington, Cannington Village Hall, TA5 2HE
11th Aug – Bridgwater, The Exchange, Committee Room, Bridgwater, TA6 4RR
17th Aug – Bridgwater, Sydenham Community Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 4QZ
18th Aug – North Petherton, Community Hall, TA6 6QA.
19th Aug – Otterhampton, Otterhampton Village Hall, TA5 2QS
26th Aug – Burnham-on-Sea, The Princess Hall, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1EH
The consultation period for EDF Energy’s second stage proposals closes on 4 October 2010.
For more information on the community support meetings please telephone Guy Braga at the Community Council for Somerset 01823 331222 or visit the Community Council for Somerset website: www.somersetrcc.org.uk/
community_engagement/hinkley (at the time of this e-mail the webpage is currently being updated).
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information on the proposals for Hinkley power station visit the District Council or EDF websites: